While Ravenclaws may be known as the most creative house, we can all enjoy the act of producing art from time to time. That’s where these Harry Potter coloring books come in; on these almost-blank pages, you’ll find guidance and inspiration for bringing the Wizarding World to life in your own, creative way.
You might be surprised to learn that there are not many Harry Potter coloring books out there – my guess is that they’re heavily regulated for copyright infringement, so all of the ones you can easily find are “official” or licensed in one way or another.
Whether you have a child or are a child-at-heart, take a look at each of these Harry Potter coloring books. You’ll find favorite characters, special scenes, and wondrous wizarding moments just waiting for your artistic eye.
1. Scholastic Harry Potter Coloring Book
The Scholastic Harry Potter Coloring Book is one of the most versatile and diverse Harry Potter coloring books in the market. It comes with various illustrations representing scenes from the movies and the books, including iconic moments like the Sorting Ceremony in Harry’s first year.
This coloring book is mainly for adults, as some drawings have intricate details that little muggles might find difficult to color. Most images are two pages, and it can be tricky to color specific parts since the bind is glued and not sewn.
You’ll also find color pictures towards the end of the coloring book that you can use for reference. The only real drawback of this coloring book is that the pages are both sided, so markers and pens will bleed.
2. Scholastic Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book
Scholastic also offers this HP coloring book, featuring drawings of iconic places and beloved characters of the Wizarding World. The coloring book comes with seventy-eight pages of Harry Potter Designs. Numerous illustrators have designed the book, so you’ll notice a nice variety of drawing styles and complexity. Some drawings are more detailed and intricate, which means you’ll probably need sharp-pointed pencils or ultra-fine nibs to color.
They’ve also have included glossy pages at the end of the book to help you remember the color palette of each drawing. Once again, the designs merge into the binding and difficult the coloring process.
3. Insight Editions Harry Potter: Coloring Wizardry
Insight Editions HP coloring book has more than ninety pages depicting Harry Potter’s most iconic moments. The coloring book comes with a little box that reads “This Book Belongs To.”Unlike other Harry Potter coloring books, this one included illustrations from all the movies and books (some tend to focus on scenes from the first movie only.)
It has over 80 illustrations. It caters to all ages and skill levels. The coloring book features thick pages, so the chances of your pens bleeding are less. The lovely coloring book comes with framable portraits for you to display your work of art anywhere you want.
4. Running Press Magical Creatures Coloring Kit
The Running Press Magical Creatures Coloring Kit isn’t exactly a coloring book but a coloring card. The kit features thirty illustrated cards to color, ten colored pencils, two folding magnetic frames to display your art, and a handy case for the cards and colored pencils.
The cards are the size of playing cards, and they come with the most intricate illustrations. The illustrations are from the second book and showcase Magical Creatures. I believe this HP coloring kit makes an excellent gift for any Potterhead. It’s also perfect for HP fans with little muggles as you can carry the tiny kit anywhere and entertain them.
5. Insight Editions House Pride Colouring Books
No list of Harry Potter coloring books would be complete without one that honors the houses of Hogwarts. Insight Editions has compiled a coloring book for each house, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.
Each book features 64 pages of intricate drawings. The illustrations depict the central characters of each house plus iconic scenes from the movies and books. For example, if you get the Gryffindor coloring book, you’ll receive authentic Gryffindor images, characters, scenes, and memorable quotes.
6. Thunder Bay Press Glow in the Dark Coloring Book
Arguably the best Harry Potter coloring book in the market, the Thunder Bay Press Glow in the Dark Coloring Book is the perfect gift for any Potterhead. The coloring book comes with seventy-six pages of illustrations. You’ll find delicate and intricate drawings that reproduce iconic scenes and memorable moments from the movies.
The highlight of this coloring book is that the illustrators have designed each drawing with special glow-in-the-dark ink. So you can see your work of art glowing after you’ve finished coloring it. The book also comes with three stunning panoramic foldouts you can use as wall displays.
Which of these Harry Potter coloring books will you be buying? Given there’s only six – why not splurge on them all! Let me know any questions or feedback in the comments.